SPECIAL CONGREGATIONAL MEETING – The Council of Ministers has called a Congregational Meeting for the purpose of voting on a proposed utility easement agreement with the City of Edina. It will take place after the second service on Sunday, May 17, 2015. As part of the 54th Street Reconstruction Project, a few utility poles near the new bridge over Minnehaha Creek will need to be relocated. The City is seeking permission to place them on ECLC’s property. Questions about the 54th Street Project or the proposed easement may be directed to Kristian Clauser, ECLC Business Administrator.

STORIES OF IMMIGRATION THIS SUNDAY:  Hear the stories of immigrants living in Minnesota and share and discuss together with this powerful video discussion on Sunday, May 10 from 9:45-10:45. Email Lauren to sign up and she’ll send you a quick 10 minute video interview to watch before our time together!

ADULT FORUM – Master Gardeners: Celebrate things that grow with University of Minnesota Extension-Master Gardeners Sharon Decker and Anita Sapp. They will discuss square foot gardening.  Think about your own garden or just be motivated to get your hands dirty.

HANDS TO HANDS KNITTERS:  Knitters of all levels will gather on Sunday, May 10 from 9:30-10:45 in the Fellowship Hall. We have free yarn and patterns, as well as projects to support ECLC’s youth and our mission partners!

WIT MAY MEETING: Tuesday, May 12 from 7-9 pm, hosted by Ruth Shiell. Dr. Karen Shragg, manager/naturalist at Wood Lake Nature Center will share with us her passion about water and our survival. She will help us to understand the problem and what we can do.  Her upcoming book is called “Move Upstream: A Call to Solve Overpopulation.”  She is a most interesting person.  We hope everyone is able to come. For more information, contact Ruth Shiell.

FOOD SHELF NEEDS VOLUNTEERS: Community Emergency Service needs volunteers to pack bags of food for homebound neighbors at 1900 11th Ave S. on May 14 from 9-10:30. Sign up at the Sign-up center.

MAY 17 IS TEACHER APPRECIATION SUNDAY!  We need all children, youth & families to be at ECLC on May 10 and 17, to prepare for and be part of a very special worship service, in appreciation of our Sunday School teachers. During the education hour on May 10 (9:45-10:40 am), we will be preparing art, music, dance, and prayers. Then on Sunday, May 17, after classroom parties (9:45-10:40 am), kids & youth will help lead the 11:00 am worship service. Confirmation youth will be serving soup & bread after the service, as part of their Empty Bowls Full Hearts fundraiser. Teachers should be first in line! 

AIDS WALK: Donate or join the team as they walk to raise funds for AIDS education, prevention and treatment. Walk is Sunday, May 17 and the ECLC Youth are walking with adults. See Glenn Choquette after each service to donate or join the team.

LOAVES AND FISHES SERVERS NEEDED: On Tuesday, May 19th, ECLC will prepare (1:30-3:00) and serve (5:00-7:00) a meal for 200 hungry neighbors at Holy Rosary Church in south Mpls.  Servers are still needed! Email Carol to sign up.

WE ARE HMONG AT THE MN HISTORY CENTER:  On Thursday, May 28th, join ECLC at the MN History Center to explore the new We Are Hmong exhibit ($10), followed by lunch at the Hmongtown Marketplace with Pastor William Siong, pastor of Good Samaritan Lutheran Church, a Hmong speaking congregation in St. Paul.  Email Lauren to sign up for this special opportunity.

CONNECTION DINNER HOST NEEDED On the third Sunday of each month from 5-7pm, the ECLC High-Schoolers are hosted by a member of the congregation in their home for food and fellowship. Hosts are still needed for June. Please consider being a host!! Contact the High-School Youth Minister, JD Mechelke

WOMEN'S SHORT STORY GROUP The next meeting of the Women's Short Story group will be held on Friday, May 29, 10 am to 12 noon.  It will be hosted by Gail Coffler at Parkshore Senior Apartments, in the private Community Dining Room.  The story is "The Abortion" by Alice Walker. RSVP to Gail.